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TAX HIKE EYED IN BUDGET FOR TOWN, VILLAGES

Taxpayers in the villages of Blasdell and Hamburg and Town of Hamburg would see taxes go up about 2.9 percent next year under town Supervisor Patrick H. Hoak's tentative budget filed Friday.

Hoak said he put the budget together keeping in mind the town wants to maintain its bond rating, and it has to deal with the unexpected expenses of the environmental investigation into the former Nike base site.

The town has spent about $200,000 on the investigation and has dipped into the fund balance to pay some of the bills, he said.

"We have to replenish the fund balance," Hoak said.

Taxes for those living outside the villages would go up 20 cents to $7.22 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The tax rate for village residents would be $3.42 per $1,000, up 10 cents.

Spending on the $35,978,087 budget has increased 3.3 percent over this year's budget. Like this year's budget, the proposed 2001 budget includes no funding for capital projects.

The Town Board recently approved a $700,000 bond issue for projects at the Town Hall, recreation areas and other town property.

There are no pay increases planned for board members or the supervisor. Employees generally would receive raises of 3.3 percent, including the remaining elected officials: judges, tax receiver, town clerk, and highway superintendent.

The board will conduct a public hearing on the budget at 7 p.m. Nov. 6.

"It gives us another month to work on it," Hoak said.

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